Last week was our first official day to work on our Mobile Mansion. I was SO excited.. I could hardly sleep the night before!
Sterling has been restoring and rebuilding vintage trailers for this last year and a half, and this trailer was bought for spare parts. Once the parts were removed, it was just going to be scrapped, as it had been sitting there for a long time. So, we've decided to adopt it and create a new life for it! (It's always been a dream of ours!)
We were told it's a 1946 Spartan Royal Mansion, but are still waiting to find out the official date. Spartan Aircraft company began in the late 20's as a flight school and an airplane manufacturer. The planes were built with a unique frame and design. (You can read more about the planes here!) During the 40's they began building and manufacturing planes for the war effort.
After the war, Spartan began to focus on the need for housing. They didn't like to call these trailers, and instead called them homes, as they were meant to be lived in full time. They used building techniques from the aircraft business, and the mobile homes were road tested for their durability. By the 1960's Spartan stopped producing trailers, and now runs as college of aeronautics and technology.
We are so excited to be restoring and rebuilding this piece of history!
The trailer isn't in the greatest condition, but it's a dream come true none the less!
Our main focus this week was to remove all of the junk and garbage. It took us nearly 2 hours to get to the bottom... but when we did get to the floors, we had a bitter-sweet discovery.... Someone was in the process of rebuilding her before she came to us!
We found tools, old vintage parts, measurements and other building equipment at the bottom of all the wreckage. It looked like someone was about to rewire the electric lines, but began to use it for storage instead. My guess is, it started off one holiday at a time back in the 80's... as we saw creepy masks, tiny santa dolls, and several cases of meat loaf. Then it looked like someone started to store someone else's very old items in there.
We found Danish almanacs from the 1020's and a bottle that I think might be dated during the prohibition.
It was a thrifter's dream in there, if you didn't't mind getting a little bit dirty.
Even though someone had started to rebuild her several years ago, we are still going to be rebuilding her from scratch. She acted as a shed for several years and gathered a lot of snow. A lot of her inner beams have been broken, and almost all of the original rounded windows are missing. (really hard to get from what we understand!)
Next week we are going to be tearing out all of the walls and floors to examin the condition she really is in!